MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (March 18, 2018) – With winds gusting at more than 20 miles per hour, the West Virginia golf team struggled to finish the first day of play on Sunday at The Hayt Invitational and is in 12th place with one round remaining at Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
After posting a 296 in the first round, the Mountaineers teamed for a 298 in the second to total a 594 for 18 over-par. No. 24 North Carolina leads the field at seven under par with a 569, followed by Jacksonville at five under par with a score of 571. Liberty is in fourth with a two-round score of 574 for four under.
“I’m really disappointed in the finish of our second round,” coach Sean Covich said. “We were in great shape after 27 holes but the closing nine, we really lost our composure and when one thing went wrong, we let the mistakes compound. This is a golf course where you have to stay patient and you have to stay mature, and we did neither.”
Matthew Sharpstene sits inside the top 20 for the Mountaineers and is currently tied for 19th. He carded seven birdies across two rounds, shooting 73-72=145 for one over.
After recording five birdies for an even-par 72 in the first round, Max Sear struggled in the second and finished with a 79. He sits seven-over-par with a 151 and is tied for 57th. Etienne Papineau is also in 57th at seven over, shooting 77-74-151.
Tristan Nicholls is tied for 63rd at eight over par. He shot two-over-par with a 74 in the first round before carding a 78 in the second to finish with a 152 on the day. Mark Goetz is a stroke back from Nicholls, sitting tied for 66th at nine over. He carded five birdies and eight bogeys and shot a 79 in the first round. He bounced back with two birdies and eagle on his way to a 74 in the second round in a 153 for nine over.
WVU is paired with Louisville and North Texas for the final round, which starts at 7:45 a.m. Monday.
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